Colombian President Iván Duque has admitted certain cases of “abuse of authority” by the police, but claims that it is not “systematic” behavior in the context of the anti-government protests that have been taking place in Colombia for more than the Latin American country one month.
“With 30 million police cases there is an opportunity and has there been abuse of authority? Of course they have been presented, but they are being investigated, punished and not showing any systematic trend,” Duque said.
“If you look at the number of abuse complaints, we are really talking about 30 million police cases, numbers that can be less than a thousand complaints a year,” he continued, before adding that he believes this shows the “professionalism” of the company Police. “We have a zero tolerance policy,” he added.
He has also defended that the Colombian government has put a reform to Congress to increase the level of scrutiny over civil security services, including allowing body cameras to record what is going on on the street.
Colombia has been registering protests against the Duque government for more than a month. They rose up against the tax reform proposed by the president, which was eventually withdrawn. Now the demonstrators are protesting against the violence of the security forces and calling for social reforms. At least 59 people have died since the mobilizations began.